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WRAP DC Agri bulletin 8

WRAP DC Agri bulletin 8

WRAP have published Bulletin 8 from the DC-Agri project. This update looks at soil quality.
Oversize discussions between the EA and ORG- An update

Oversize discussions between the EA and ORG- An update

The ORG has been in discussion with the EA for a while with regards to an End of Waste (EoW) position on oversize from composting. The ORG plan to hold a meeting in January to discuss further.
Compost field research update

Compost field research update

AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds have published an update on their research on soil organic matter. The results so far show that compost is the leading soil improver.
WRAP video on digestate and understanding nitrogen

WRAP video on digestate and understanding nitrogen

WRAP have released another video, Digestate and understanding nitrogen, focuses on the best times and techniques for applying digestate, and to look at what happens to the nitrogen in digestate if it’s applied less well.
EA 2014 data on regulated businesses in England

EA 2014 data on regulated businesses in England

The Environment Agency has published 2014 data on operational risk assessment compliance ratings, pollution inventory, pollution incidents and enforcement.
What to do with pumpkin waste this halloween

What to do with pumpkin waste this halloween

A reminder that if a pumpkin has been taken into a domestic dwelling, or into a canteen, it would legally be Cat 3 meat excluded catering waste if consigned to a composting or AD plant.
Annual organics survey for Scotland - coming soon

Annual organics survey for Scotland - coming soon

The annual survey of the organics industry will once again take place this year for Scottish facilities. All operators (farm, industrial and merchant) of AD, composting and MBT facilities in Scotland will be contacted in the next few weeks to conduct the new survey, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland, which will cover the 2014 calendar year.
Moulded Fibre Products achieves certified compostable product status

Moulded Fibre Products achieves certified compostable product status

Moulded Fibre Products has just achieved certified compostable product status for its range of trays made from recycled cardboard waste.
Power of compost - Video competition

Power of compost - Video competition

Zero Waste Europe are running a video competition - 'Power of compost' and inviting people to submit a video or animation showing off your composting project, explaining why composting is so great, or highlighting a creative solution.
New study shows leaves pose low risk in compost

New study shows leaves pose low risk in compost

A new study shows that street-swept leaves going into a composting only poses a ‘low risk to human health’ if the material is first screened and routinely monitored.
Equal field trial reports

Equal field trial reports

The EQual project has published some technical reports from the field trials that were carried out as part of the project. This included two field trials on agricultural use (poultry litter ash and paper sludge)
WRAP report on lab proficiency scheme

WRAP report on lab proficiency scheme

WRAP have published a report on a project that looked at developing a framework for a laboratory proficiency scheme that could be implemented by the UK certification schemes to ensure that laboratory performance is consistent and adequate across the range of tests required for compost and digestates.
REA engaging with Government

REA engaging with Government

REA have recently written to and met with Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to raise our key asks for organics recycling and AD. We have had an encouraging response from him. You can get involved too by writing to your MP.
The latest gate fees trends revealed by WRAP

The latest gate fees trends revealed by WRAP

WRAP’s Gate Fees Report: comparing the cost of alternative waste treatment options (2014/15) shows that fees remain relatively constant for most waste treatment and disposal options, with gate fees at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and Energy from Waste facilities (EfW) differing the most from the previous annual assessment.
Smart Soil Conference

Smart Soil Conference

Conference - SmartSOIL: Sustainable soil management aimed at reducing threats to soils under climate change" on 30 September 2015 in Halles des Tanneurs, Brussels. The conference will conclude the 4-year research project funded by the 7th Framework Programme.
Climate change report - action needed

Climate change report - action needed

The report by the Committee on Climate Change details actions needed to reduce emissions and prepare for climate change. These include the need to preserve soil fertility and organic matter in agricultural soils.
Overview of Biowaste regulatory forum meeting June 2015

Overview of Biowaste regulatory forum meeting June 2015

The REA meet on a quarterly basis with the Environment Agency, Defra and other stakeholders to discuss issues relevant to the biowaste industry. The June 2015 meeting covered sampling methodology for ABP pathogens, feedback on the landspreading consultation and results from the Health and Safety survey the EA carried out on AD sites.
Compost stability test evaluation paper published

Compost stability test evaluation paper published

A paper has been published on some work that was carried out to evaluate compost (and related industry) stability tests. Five stability tests were evaluated on composts from ten in-vessel composting sites.
Farmers guide to sourcing digestate and compost

Farmers guide to sourcing digestate and compost

Zero Waste Scotland and NFU Scotland have published a Farmer's guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost.
Compost Certification Scheme appoints independent auditors

Compost Certification Scheme appoints independent auditors

REAL has announced that they have appointed Heriot-Watt University to carry out independent audits to check CCS Appointed Laboratories’ conformance with their Terms and Conditions.
REA calls for improved quality of garden waste

REA calls for improved quality of garden waste

There continues to be unacceptable levels of plastic contamination found in green and garden waste delivered to composting sites throughout the UK.
The REA has emphasized the need for good quality compost and called for improved education of householders to help achieve this.
European Compost Network Bulletin 3

European Compost Network Bulletin 3

Latest bulletin from the European Compost Network including information from a live panel debate on Circular Economy.
Compost Awareness Week 2015

Compost Awareness Week 2015

3-10th May 2015: International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. This years theme is: Be loyal to your soil - Compost!
Initial feedback on the landspreading consultation

Initial feedback on the landspreading consultation

ORG held two workshops to discuss the proposals in the EA's consultation on landspreading and digestate storage. Initial feedback from members is that some of the proposals are problematic.
Request for compost and digestate producers to complete WRAP survey

Request for compost and digestate producers to complete WRAP survey

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is currently preparing industry guidance on potential markets for the screened out side-streams produced by composting and anaerobic digestion operations and to inform this work we urge you to complete a survey.
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